Men, Women, and Religiosity in Northern Ireland: Testing the Theories

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Previous research suggests that females are more religious than males. Four theories have been put forward to explain this. This article uses cross-sectional survey data from the 2008 Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey to test two of these theories, based on a newly developed scale measuring religiosity. The analysis indicates strong support for the socialisation theory, but not necessarily for structural location. Separate analysis for men and women indicates a similar pattern, although the effect of individual variables is different for men and women. The article concludes with a discussion of measurement issues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-488
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Contemporary Religion
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 02 Oct 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy
  • Cultural Studies


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